McAfee Agent cannot be removed while it is in managed mode

Problem: The following message displays when select Remove for the McAfee Agent through Add \ Remove Programs or Programs and Features on client computers:

McAfee Agent cannot be removed while it is in managed mode”



Solution:

The computer must be removed from Managed Mode

  1. Steps:
    1-
    Open Command Prompt
    2- Go to the folder” C:\Program Files (x86)\McAfee\Common Framework” on X64 systems,” C:\Program Files\McAfee\Common Framework” on X86 systems
    3- Type “frminst.exe /forceuninstall” and press enter.
    command without quotes


 source: McAfee

21 thoughts on “McAfee Agent cannot be removed while it is in managed mode

  1. I’m on a 64bit Windows 7 machine (updated to Windows 10). The location for frminst.exe changed too:
    C:\Program Files\McAfee\Agent\x86

    However, when I ran cmd as an administrator, I was able to run the same command as listed above and uninstalled successfully under the new file path.

  2. Hi, it says “‘C:\Program’ is not recognized as an internal or external command,
    operable program or batch file.” when I try both options in step 2. What should I do?

    1. Hi! Lace,

      Please type in command
      1- Open Command Prompt
      and type ” C:\Program Files (x86)\McAfee\Common Framework” on X64 systems,”
      C:\Program Files\McAfee\Common Framework” on X86 systems
      3- Type “frminst.exe /forceuninstall” and press enter. command without quotes

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